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Criteria, Requirements & Deadlines

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Entrance criteria for our academic programs varies.

To view the admission requirements for the specific major you're interested in, visit the program page for the bachelor's or joint and combined degree you are interested in. 

For many of our undergraduate programs, including nursing, education, business, liberal arts and natural sciences, students entering D'Youville College must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:

Transfer student criteria

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Our admitted transfer student profile:

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Steps to Apply & Application Requirements

Follow the the steps below to apply as a freshman to D'Youville College.

Submit Your Application

Create an account and submit your application in our application portal or submit your application through The Common Application. If you can't complete the application in one sitting, that's okay, you can access the application as often as you need.

Please apply through ONE of these application methods.

D'YouvillE Application 

The Common application

Submit materials

Submit Transcripts

A separate official transcript must be received from each institution you previously attended.

Ask the registrar's office at your previous college(s) to send an official transcript to:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201

We also accept electronic versions of your transcripts.

Submit optional letters of recommendation or admission essay

Essays should not exceed 650 words and should address one of the following essay topics:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (or)
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? (or)
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? (or)
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. (or)
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

When will you hear?

D'Youville has a rolling admissions policy. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified of a decision. Decisions are typically mailed within 6 weeks of a completed application.

Accept your Admissions Offer

If you're accepted to D'Youville, you'll receive a packet of information, including a "Guide for Accepted Students" handbook.

To secure your place at D'Youville, make sure to submit the enrollment deposit online, by mail, or in person. Your payment must be postmarked by May 1 (fall applicants) or January 1 (spring applicants). This deposit confirms your place for the next term and is non-refundable.


Physician Assistant

Transfer Applicants

Applications must be submitted and verified by CASPA by October 2. Please be aware that verification of applications can take up to 4 weeks to be verified.

Be sure to review the admission criteria for the Physician Assistant Combined degree program before applying.

  • Transfer applicants to the physician assistant program must use the CASPA application. NOTE: Do not complete the D'Youville College online application.
  • Submit transcripts for all previous college credits, including courses in progress to CASPA
  • Letters of recommendation and an essay are required and must be completed within the CASPA application.
  • Applicants to the Physician Assistant program are required to complete at least 80 hours of direct patient interaction.
  • If selected to advance in our application process, applicants must complete an on-campus interview with faculty, students and preceptors in the D'Youville College Physician Assistant Department.
  • Prior to enrollment, you may be asked to provide proof of high school graduation or equivalent.

Supplemental Materials

The supplemental materials are available to applicants during the online application process. Transfer students will find these materials in the Course Materials section of the CASPA application.

  • Provide official documentation of at least 80 hours of direct patient contact hours either through volunteer activities or employment activities
  • Write an essay of 750 words.
  • Three reference forms, one of the three references should come from a healthcare provider or professional (i.e., a physician, RN, PA, etc.) who has observed the candidate in a healthcare setting (either volunteer or employed)

When will you hear?

Physician Assistant Applicants

Physician Assistant applicants receive admission decisions within 3-4 weeks following their on-campus interview.

Mailing Address

All hard-copy documents should be mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions 
D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201